Vietnam Discovery

Vietnam Discovery

  • 11 Days / 9 Nights
  • CODE: RAA
  • From: $2200

Bright green rice paddies, aquamarine bays, colonial history, and ornate temples: Vietnam lays out an enticing array of wares while drenching them in warm sunshine. Our 11-night tour leaves none of this welcoming country’s principal stones unturned; ensuring you discover all the highlights in one adventure. Soak up the tree-shaded elegance of Hanoi, sail among the pinnacles of Halong Bay, admire the carved wooden halls of Hoi An, and discover bustling Ho Chi Minh City—formerly Saigon—before finishing with boat rides around the canals, stilted houses, and fruit orchards of the verdant Mekong Delta.

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Itinerary at a glance:

DAY 1
Depart USA
DAY 2
Arrive Hanoi
DAY 3
Hanoi
DAY 4
Hanoi - Halong - Cruise
DAY 5
Cruise - Halong - Hanoi - Hue
DAY 6
Hue
DAY 7
Hue - Danang - Hoi An
DAY 8
Hoi An
DAY 9
Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
DAY 10
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon ) - Mekong River Islands
DAY 11
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) - USA

Make this trip a private tour

From $2200 a person - Your customized trip will draw on the expertise of our travel consultants, each of whom has a deep knowledge of the places you wish to explore.

Hanoi (2 nts) Halong bay (1 nt) HanoiHue (2 nts) Hoi an (2 nts) DanangHo chi minh city (2 nts)
day
1

Depart USA

Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s vibrant capital.


day
2

Arrive Hanoi

Arrive Hanoi and meet your expert guide and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or start exploring this compelling city, which blends the mystique of yesteryear with modern-day architecture.


accomodation:

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3

Hanoi

Vietnam’s second largest city, Hanoi has been occupied by the French, Chinese and Japanese through it 1,000-year history and boasts tree-lined boulevards, busy markets and colonial buildings that all demand exploration. Today, visit the Ho Chi Minh Memorial to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, and peer into the Stilt House where the revered Vietnamese spiritual leader lived from 1958 to 1969. Other must-sees include the 11th-century One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Museum of Ethnology. After lunch, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple and pass colonial landmarks such as the Opera House and St Joseph's Cathedral. Finish your day with a colorful water puppet performance.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

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4

Hanoi - Halong - Cruise

Today, gaze out over rural Vietnam as we drive to UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, a spectacular bay dotted with over 1,000 limestone islands. On arrival, transfer to a junk boat, your comfortable floating home for an overnight cruise. Enjoy a welcome drink and lunch on board as you sail past islands, fishing villages and craggy caves. Explore Sung Sot Cave, hiking up and down 600 steps to the magnificent limestone formations of the biggest cave in Halong Bay. Snap photos of the sublime scenery and return to the vessel to join the cooking demonstration with the cruise’s chef. Savor the meal on board tonight before retiring to your deluxe cabin.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

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5

Cruise - Halong - Hanoi - Hue

Rise early for a Tai Chi session on deck: the perfect opportunity to prepare for the day and admire a breathtaking sunrise over Halong’s waters. Before breakfast , relax on board or go visit theTitov Island.  Back on board to enjoy the breakfast as we cruise back to dock. Disembark and bid farewell to Halong as we travel back to Hanoi and fly to Hue, Vietnam’s former capital, for a two-night stay.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner

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6

Hue

Today, enjoy a boat ride along the Perfume River, stopping at Hue’s iconic Thien Mu Pagoda and the Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, a complex of temples, courtyards and pavilions in gorgeous countryside. Return to Hue to visit the Imperial Citadel, a vast complex reminiscent of Beijing’s Forbidden City, and a seat of power in ancient times. Despite war damage, there is still much to be seen here, including the Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate and the Dien Tho and Thai Hoa palaces, all framed by lotus ponds and all fascinating insights into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

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7

Hue - Danang - Hoi An

After breakfast, travel through jaw-dropping mountain and coastal scenery to Danang, one of Vietnam’s fastest growing cities. Visit the Cham Museum to admire its valuable Cham sculptures, and glimpse Non Nuoc Bay, a favorite hangout of US soldiers during the Vietnam War. Continuing southward, stop on route at the Marble Mountains: five cave-riddled hills that rear sharply from rice fields. Later, arrive in Hoi An, your base for two nights, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

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8

Hoi An

A thriving mercantile port between the 15th and 19th centuries, the old riverside town of Hoi An enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status for its beautifully preserved shophouses, temples, assembly halls and bridges. Enjoy cooking class in the morning.Travel to Tra Que Organic Village, walk through the market and purchase a range of local ingredients. Learn with the chef the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food at Red Bridge Cooking School. After class, you may savour the dishes that have been prepared by yourself. Take a 25 minutes boat ride back to central Hoi An  for a walking tour including the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Tran Family Chapel, an 200-year-old place for worship for the Tran clan to pray for their ancestors, and the ornate Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, a 17th-century meeting place for the Fukian Chinese community. Enjoying the afternoon at leisure 


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accomodation:

day
9

Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Transfer to Danang airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City, better known as Saigon, for two nights. Conquered by the French in the 19th century, this intoxicating city still sports boulevards and grand European buildings — colonial vestiges that contrast starkly with its now predominantly Buddhist culture and booming capitalist-driven economy. Today, our guided tour of the historic center showcases Dong Khoi Street, formerly the Rue Catinat and the ornate City Hall, Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Afterward, visit the Reunification Palace and haunting War Remnants Museum before a visit to the sparkling Emperor of Jade Pagoda.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

day
10

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon ) - Mekong River Islands

Today, explore the Mekong Delta, where lush islands dot the estuary of the 3,000-mile river. Your destination is Ben Tre, a province laced with the Mekong’s tributaries and filled with orchards, rice paddies and coconut groves. Learn how the coconut juice here is considered Vietnam’s best, and discover how the locals use coconuts to make household items. Hop on a bike to cycle along leafy pathways, and visit a village home to learn about local life and work. Continue cycling before taking a rowboat ride along canals past rustic houses and fields. Lastly, transfer to a motorboat and after lunch, visit a workshop to see coconut sweets and rice paper being crafted.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

day
11

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) - USA

Today, transfer to the airport for your return flight.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

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What's included

8 nights deluxe 5 or 4-star hotel accommodation and 1 night on the Halong Bay Cruise

9 hotel or cruise ship breakfasts, 7 restaurant or cruise ship lunches, 6 hotel or restaurant or cruise ship dinners

All international and internal flights (if applicable)

Comprehensive sightseeing tours including entrance fees

Hanoi - Sightseeing and Entertainment of a Traditional Water Puppet Show

Hue - City Tour & Excursions to the Old Imperial City and Thien Mu Pagoda with A Side Trip On Boat

Hoi An - Sightseeing the coastal city of Danang and Walking Tour . Cooking class and market visit.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Sightseeing including a Boat Trip exploring the Mekong River Islands, and a Sampan Ride through the tiny waterways

Halong Bay - Traditional Boat Cruise & Sightseeing around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay

Special Banquet - Farewell Dinner in Saigon

Specialist English speaking local guides in each city

Air-conditioned coach touring

Round trip airport transfers on arrival in Hanoi and departure in Saigon with purchase of Land+Air Package

Vietnam domestic flight ticket on economy class: Hanoi- Hue, Danang - Ho Chi Minh

Hanoi: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy or Similar

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Halong Bay: Paradise Elegance Cruise or Similar

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Hoi An: Boutique Hoi An Resort or Similar

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Ho Chi Minh City: Liberty Central Saigon Riverside or similar

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Vietnam Discovery (RAA)

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